Each week I give you my opinions and breakdowns for the 5 UMaxIt matches along with my tips for the remaining fixtures.
I have added a player to watch which will assist your FPL along with your tipping.
I apologize for not doing last week’s 5 matches, which probably worked out well as I only got 1 of those 5, but got all 3 non-selected matches for a 4/8 week.
Now, looking ahead to this week:
Swansea (16th) v (11th) Burnley
Head to Head: Swansea: 15 , Draw: 13 Burnley: 17
This season: Burnley 0-1 Swansea (Aug 13)
Swansea have won all 3 clashes since Burnley returned to the Top flight for the 2014-15 season. All 3 finished 1-0.
Form Guide (last 10 League games) Swansea: 4-0-6 (12th)
Burnley: 4-2-4 (10th)
Swansea have won 4 of 13 games at home, whilst Burnley have taken just 2pts in a winless away campaign so far (12 away games played).
Player to Watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson. Predict a goal and an assist for the midfielder.
Prediction: Swansea (2-0).
Swans have improved of late and I see them gaining a valuable 3pts whilst Burnley’s away woes continue.
Leicester City (15th) v (19th) Hull City
Head to Head: Leicester City: 26 , Draw: 23 , Hull City: 30
This season: Hull 2-1 Leicester (Aug 13) & Hull def Leicester in EFL Cup on penalties following 1-1 draw.
Two teams juggling between the Premier League & the Championship means just this season’s 2 clashes are the only couple in the last 2yrs.
Form Guide (last 10 games overall) Leicester City: 2-2-6 (17th)
Hull City: 2-3-5 (15th)
Leicester have the 10th best record at home with 6 wins from 13, while Hull have just 1 away win from 12 for the campaign (10 losses).
Player to Watch: Jamie Vardy. When he gets on a roll, he does just that. With a goal in Europe & one against Liverpool I expect him to score at least one this week.
Prediction: Leicester City (2-0)
Foxes to pick up a valuable 3pts while Hull will fight valiantly but it won’t be enough. I see a goal in each half to Leicester separating the teams. Hull to sink further away from safety.
Stoke City (10th) v (17th) Middlesbrough
Head to Head: Stoke City: 34 , Draw: 21 , Middlesbrough 38
This season: Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke City (Aug 13)
The draw earlier this season the only meeting between the sides since 2009 when Boro were last in the Top flight.
Form Guide (last 10 League games) Stoke City: 3-3-4 (11th) Middlesbrough: 1-4-5 (18th)
Stoke have won 6 from 13 at home whilst Boro have just the 1 win away from home this season.
Player to Watch: Shaqiri – scored a cracking free kick to save a point on opening day at the Riverside. Think he might just do the same, this time earning maximum points for the Potters.
Prediction: Stoke City (2-1)
Stoke to be too strong at home for a Boro side who have although been competitive, lack points away from home.
Liverpool (5th) v (4th) Arsenal
Head to Head: Liverpool: 84 , Draw: 59 , Arsenal: 78
This season: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool (Aug 14)
A rich history between the sides as they’ve met twice every season since 1961. Liverpool’s opening day win was the first time they’d beat Arsenal in 6 outings since a 5-1 win in 2013-14 (Arsenal 3, Draws 2)
Form Guide (last 10 league games) Liverpool: 4-3-3 (9th)
Arsenal: 5-1-4 (8th)
Liverpool have lost just one at home this season, and despite some poor performances against lower half opposition, they are yet to lose to a Top 6 team this campaign (4W, 4D). Arsenal have the 5th best away record with 21pts from 12 games (6 wins).
Player to Watch: Sadio Mane. He was desperately missed while at AFCON, and is a key cog in Liverpool’s attack. Expect him to either score or set up at least one goal.
Prediction: Draw (2-2)
Liverpool know how to score against a team taking the game on, which you’d expect the Gunners to do. They are vulnerable at the back though and Arsenal have plenty of options to capitalise.
Tottenham (2nd) v (7th) Everton
Head to Head: Tottenham: 63 , Draw: 54 , Everton: 55
This season: Everton 1-1 Tottenham (Aug 13)
For the last 5yrs, the two sides have had consecutive results the same, 2 wins to Everton, 2 draws, 3 Spurs wins & the last 3 clashes have been Draws.
Form Guide (last 10 games)
Tottenham: 7-2-1 (2nd)
Everton: 6-3-1 (5th)
Spurs have been phenomenal at home with 11 wins & 2 draws from 13. Everton have 7th best record away, with 16pts from 13 games. Their strong recent form has been at home.
Player to Watch: Harry Kane. The fans chant “He Scores When He Wants!” and he’s just doing that as of late. I expect him to get the winner while Spurs keep a clean sheet.
Prediction: Tottenham (1-0)
Spurs to snap the run of draws between the sides and pick up 3pts in what will be a tough clash between two in-form teams.
Extra Quick Tips:
MANCHESTER UNITED v Bournemouth (2-0)
WEST BROM v Crystal Palace (2-1)
Watford v SOUTHAMPTON (1-3)
Sunderland v MANCHESTER CITY (0-4)
West Ham v CHELSEA (0-2)
Agree? Disagree? Feel free to add your opinions in the comments.